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The State of Church Giving through 2018

What If Jesus Comes Back in 2025?

by John Ronsvalle and Sylvia Ronsvalle

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

242 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.48 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781666702408
  • Published: March 2021

$40.00 / £29.00 / AU$55.00

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OVERVIEW of The State of Church Giving through 2018 Chapters update church member giving and membership data in the U.S., including: --1968-2018 data for a composite set of denominations; --1921-2018 data for 11 denominations; --Future trends; --Denominational overseas ministries support through 2018; --Cost-per-day for various church populations to address global needs; --Potential Catholic giving in ten archdioceses; --An analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey 2018, and cash contributions to charitable causes; and, --Chapter 8 is the special focus chapter, building on the information in the first seven chapters. The chapter presents an exercise using the question: What if Jesus returns in 2025? Acknowledging that no one knows the date of Jesus' return, the fact that three groups have chosen 2025 as a goal date for their efforts provides a reason to focus on that year. A discussion of missio Dei as a framework for discipleship sets the stage for setting goals for: Bible translations; engaging unengaged unreached people groups; and closing, in Jesus' name, the Promise Gap by reaching the target reduction goal for the global Under-5 Mortality Rate. A discussion follows of possible consequences that may develop if the church does not prepare, and alternatively, if the church does prepare, as if Jesus is coming back in 2025.
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